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Former District Attorney Sentenced To 180 Days In Jail As A Condition Of Probation

Joe Frank Garza, former Jim Wells County District Attorney, will be forced to spend 180 days in the Jim Wells County Jail. This will be apart of his condition of ten-year probation sentence. The court also ordered the former District Attorney to pay back more than $2 million that he "misappropriated" from the county.
The money that he appropriated illegally was the use of county asset forfeiture funds from drug seizures. Texas law allows district attorneys' offices to control over forfeiture funds from assets seized in drug busts. This is a common technique that local District Attorney's offices use to supplement pay for his or her employees. In order to do this, however, the District Attorney must get approval from the county commissioners office. Failure to do so can land you in prison like this District Attorney (because it is illegal to use public funds for private and personal gain).
Contact a Plano drug crimes attorney if you have been charged with a drug crime.